Because we live in a fallen world, Christians frequently find themselves entangled in interpersonal problems and family law situations including divorces and separations, disputes concerning the care of their parents, dividing assets, disputes related to relationships at work, their community, and even with their own children. The Bible calls for Christians to resolve these issues without going to court. Christian mediators are trained in these emotionally complex matters and understand how to problem solve while keeping tender relationships intact.
There are many reasons to seek resolution through mediation. In addition to honoring God and His desire for us to resolve our disputes peacefully and with respect for one another, mediation has many significant practical benefits as compared to litigation. By resolving interpersonal conflict through mediation you will:
Although mediators can charge as much as courtroom litigators, a mediation hearing only lasts hours or days compared to court cases that can take months or even years to resolve. Thus, mediation saves everyone involved a lot of time and money as compared to the civil legal system.
When the decision is ultimately left up to a judge or jury, there is no guarantee that either party will walk away satisfied with the result. Because mediation puts the decision in the hands of the parties involved, it is more likely that the resolution will benefit all parties equally and that the outcome itself will be more satisfactory to all than a verdict handed down by the court.
Lawsuits and other courtroom proceedings can be contentious due to the “winner-take-all” approach. It doesn’t take long for these proceedings to irreversibly damage the relationships between the parties involved. Mediation, on the other hand, seeks understanding and compromise between disputants, which can preserve or even strengthen relationships on the way to reaching an agreement.
Mediation doesn’t work in all cases for all people. There are also certain cases where mediation might not be the best or most appropriate means of settling a dispute. Whether mediation has failed or it is not deemed appropriate for your case, Christian Mediation can assist you with other forms of alternative dispute resolution, such as arbitration. The main difference between mediation and arbitration is that in arbitration the third party conciliator assigned to the case makes a decision. In other words, mediators help the disputing parties find a mutually beneficial or satisfactory solution and arbitrators impose a resolution based on the evidence and arguments presented by each side. Arbitration still has many benefits for disputing parties who wish to resolve their issues outside of court. Read more about arbitration here.
Christian Mediation can help you resolve a personal or family dispute while avoiding the cost, aggravation, and time that is routinely associated with litigation. If mediation is not appropriate, we will help you find another alternative dispute resolution method that works. The first step is to contact us for your free no-risk consultation so we can discuss your case. Contact Christian Mediation online or call us at (602) 340-8400 to get started.
And what does the LORD require of you
But to do justice, to love kindness,
And to walk humbly with your God?
– Micah 6:8